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The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, made official on Tuesday the changes in ministries and health and education entities, in the midst of a renewal of the Government, after the indigenous and peasant mobilizations that lasted for 18 days.

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The changes occurred in the Ministries of Transport and Public Works, Economy and Finance, Housing and the Secretary of Higher Education.

The new ministers and officials were appointed by means of executive decrees, after the resignations of Sim贸n Cueva in Economy and Finance, Ximena Garz贸n, Public Health and Marcelo Cabrera in Transport and Public Works.

Another of those who resigned was Alejandro Ribadeneira, in charge of the Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (Senescyt).

In a ceremony held at the Carondelet Palace, Guillermo Lasso thanked the outgoing ministers for the work carried out during their respective administrations.

Subsequently, the Ecuadorian president received the new members of the cabinet of ministers, who will begin to perform functions from the officialization of their positions.

As part of the modifications, the former governor of the province of Guayas, Pablo Arosemena, was appointed to lead the Ministry of Economy and Finance, while Dar铆o Herrera, who is in charge of the Urban Development and Housing portfolio, became responsible for Transportation.

President Guillermo Lasso did not mention who will replace Ximena Garz贸n as head of the Ministry of Public Health.

Despite the fact that local media reported that the renewal of Lasso’s cabinet is due to the recent indigenous mobilizations, President Lasso assured that the modifications were not forced, but are due to the fulfillment of stages within the Government.

Certainly the demands of the indigenous and peasant organizations focused on demands to the Government in the face of the high cost of living, the crisis in Public Health and budget cuts in these sectors, among other sensitive issues for the majority of the population.

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